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My name is Tim LeVecke. I live in Villa Park, California and I am 53 years
old. My Mother is a Sweeney and immigrated to America in 1927. My Mother:
Marguerite Camilla Sweeney (still living) was born in Derry, Northern
Ireland on March 5, 1922. My Grandparents were Patrick Joseph Sweeney and
Mary Angela Devlin. Patrick was born in Donegal but later moved to Derry
where he met my Grandmother; they settled in Anaheim, California where they
raised their eight children. Both of them were the only ones in their
families to leave Ireland. They never returned. There are thirty-four
Grandchildren; all of us live in Southern California. My Grandfather died
young (age 43) back in the 1930's. We have not kept in contact with his
large family. He had one brother (Edward). Eddie had no children and spent
his life in Derry. There are five Sweeney sisters who we have not been able
to contact nor their descendants (my cousins). However; we have maintained
excellent contact with the Deviins. My mother's first cousin is James
Doherty (JAMES DOHERTY'S -MEATS- Limited) in Derry. I will be in Derry next
month (trip #6) to visit my Doherty cousins. It has been a shame not to
know the Sweeneys. I have more family information if
I am Don Sweeney from Michigan. Our branch of the Sweeney family came to the US by way of Canada around 1850. My g-g-g-grandfather was Alexander Sweeney (1802-1871) who married Ann (Brady?) (1815-1893) of County Cork. They had four children: Francis (1837-1917), Margaret, an unnamed child, and William J. (1857-1934). Most of the family settled in St. Catherine, Ontario and Carthage, New York, then to Flint, Michigan. If you have more information, it would be greatly appreciated.
Hi! I am looking for information on my GGrandfather, Joseph SWEENEY b. 1850, Ireland. Joseph would have immigrated to the USA abt 1851-53. According to the 1900 Census of Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin he was in the US for 48 yrs.. I have been told that the family resided in Boston Mass. and in Brattleboro, Windham Co., Vt. where Joseph worked for the Estey Organ Co. as a carver of organs.
Sometime after his sight began to fail from doing such intricate work, he moved to Toronto Canada and worked as a customs agent. He married Margaret McGrand b.1862 Canada.
Joseph and Margaret had the following children:
Joseph b. July 1890 Canada
Vincent F. b. Nov. 1891 Douglas Co. Wisconsin
Pauline b. 1894 Douglas Co.
I do know that Joseph and family ended up in St. Louis, Mo.
There are no living relatives left that know the parent of Joseph.
Thank you for your time!
Catherine M. Adams
THANK YOU JOHN,
MY GRAND MOTHER WAS MARY SWEENEY WHO MARRIED MICHAEL SWEENEY DONEGAL,IRELAND, THEY HAD 5 CHILDERN, NANCY, JOHN, MARY, BARNEY,BRIDGET. BRIDGET WAS MY MOTHER WHO MARRIED PATRICK MC NELIS OF DONEGAL THEY HAD 4 CHILDERN JOHN, MARY, PATRICK , CATHERINE, JOHN DIED
AT SIX 1940, MARY WAS A TEACHER, PATRICK BECAME A PRIEST IN BROOKLYN, NY June 2, 1962 DIED October 19, 2001, CATHERINE MARRIED JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS THEY HAD EIGHT CHILDREN, MARY BRIDGET, CHRISTOPHER , JOHN, PATRICK, ELIZABETH, MICHAEL, WILLIAM, DANIEL.
JOHN J. ADAMS DIED JUNE24, 1977 AGE 37, CAPT. CHRISTOPHER ADAMS WAS KILLED BY A TERRORIST BOMBING IN SAUDI ARABIA ON June 25 1996
Kim Sweeney Childress
I am also a Sweeney by birth through my father Thomas Paul. It is said his
grandfather Thomas Buchannon
Sweeney was born in Manchester, England and married his wife Annie( last
name unknown)proir to coming here during the end of the Potatoe Famin. My
family line goes like this:
Thomas Buchannon married Annie. both are buried in Mass, not sure as to
where. He was a shipswright and master
carpenter, building schools and churchs.She died before him, dad remembers
both of them and he was born in 1931, just turned 70 years young on the 13th
Thom Paul married Edna Mitchell in Boston, Mass.
His birth date is 1905 Mass, died 1961 Mass. was a craftsman and
policeman for the boston Force
Ralph- the oldest, WWII fighter pilot
Ivan- MIT graduate, discovered oil in Venezula
Ruth- the youngest, married a Buck from NY.
I am sorry there is not more to go on, but if someone knows of this family
and could help I would be very grateful.
Kim Sweeney Childress
Dorothy (Sweeney) Reinhart
Greetings to all you Sweeney's,
I am in desperate need of help. I have been researching for 17 years for some information on my family roots. My name is Dorothy (Sweeney) Reinhart and I was born in GrandFalls-Windsor, Newfoundland, Canada. I now reside in New Brunswick, Canada.
My grandfathers name was John Sweeney b.1864 d. 1932. He was married to Ellen (Power) Sweeney b. 1869 d.1937.They were residing in Fortune Harbour, Notre Dame Bay, Nfld. at the time of the 1921 census and their birthdates are incorrect on that census. They had children ..Michael b. 1896, Edward b. 1899, Patrick b.1901, Margaret b. 1903 (moved to Boston area), William b.1906, John Joseph (my father) b.1908, Mary b.1911, Agnes b.1916, Ellen b.1919 ?. There were a few other children but I have no info. on them so they may have died I childbirth or moved to another country.
I did see an entry in a immigrant book in the Archives in St. John's, Nfld. listing a John Sweeney as a convict from Ireland one year . At that time Newfoundland was a penal colony and the one's who weren't sent to Australia, were sent to Newfoundland. There was no other information on him and I wonder if he was the first Sweeney to arrive in Nfld.
I was about to give up on the search when I came across your site tonight and thought I'd give it one last shot. I have tramped through graveyards, dug through archives, posted to listings and there is absolutely nothing to be found ( by me alone) on John and Ellen (my grandparents).They moved to Windsor, Newfoundland in the early 1920's I believe and they both died there. If I could only get one little bit of information to help me put one little crack in this wall.
To make matters worse, my maternal grandmother's maiden name was also Ellen Power married to James Murphy. How's that for a dilemma. They also resided in Newfoundland but I don't know what part of Ireland they originated from. There's no doubt that my roots are definitely "Irish."
I have never known a Sweeney to quit anything but after 17 years of searching I'm becoming a "gen. wreck!"
I would appreciate any help.
My great great grandmother was Ann Sweeney (or Anne Sweeny, depending
on the document), who was born in Londonderry about 1831. She migrated
to Victoria, Australia, where she married Kent-born William George
Merrill in 1860, and went on to have nine children. We don't have any
further details. Can anyone help with more info? Thanks for the
opportunity of making this request!
My name is Tim LeVecke. My Mother is Marguerite (Milo) Sweeney. Mom was born
in Derry in 1924. Her parents were Patrick (Paddy) Sweeney and Mary Angela
(Minnie) Devlin. Paddy was born in Donegal; Minnie born in Derry circa/both
1890. They left Ireland with six children around 1930 (and never
returned) - two more daughters were born in America. The eight Sweeney
children were Evie,Kevin,Maureen,Patricia,Marguerite,Noel,Ailish,Joyce.
They settled in Anaheim, California. There are now well over 50 of us in
California. Paddy died young soon after settling in Anaheim. We have
maintained good communications with the Devlins (i.e. James Doherty in
Derry). However we have lost touch with the Sweeney's. Paddy was one of
seven. Two boys/ five girls. Paddy was the only one to leave Ireland. His
brother Eddie married late and died in Derry with no children. We have the
married names of some of the sisters. McGrath, (need to check with Mom on
the others...) It would be wonderful to be in contact with our Sweeney
cousins still in Ireland. We travel to Ireland regularly and we would love
to see you!
My great-grandfather, John D.(aniel?) McSweeney (he dropped the "Mc" when
naturalized in Columbus OH in 1860) was born in County Cork, Cork City in 1826-7, son of
Daniel(?? because John's middle initial is "D." and his first son was named
Daniel) John sent money home to his sister, Mary McSweeney Fields, as early
as 1856, bought tickets for his sister, Mary, and brother, Owen to come to
Piqua, OH in 1864. We have an undated letter sometime after that from his
older sister, Ellen McSweeney Fields who had stayed in Cork, Ireland to take
care of his aged mother (died at 104 years). In the letter, they discuss
bringing over another younger brother, Dennis.
We know nothing of any other siblings of John's or cousins who may have
migrated to other parts of USA or to Australia.
John came to the US in 1852, lived in East Cambridge, MA from 1852-1856. He
listed his occupation as "stone mason". We have found his pay voucher from a
railroad (probably the Newburyport RR out of Boston) from 1 July 1852
through 1 January 1855. He disappears from the City Directory after 1856 and
is next in the 1860 Fed census in Covington, OH with a wife Julia O'Reagan
Sweeney and two children, Margaret and Daniel.
He worked constructing track from Columbus to Bradford OH and ultimately
was a section head for the Pennsylvania RR. John and Julia had a total of 10
children, 8 of whom lived to maturity.
In about 1887, they moved "into town" to Piqua, OH about 7 miles away and
possibly this is when he retired from the then Pennsylvania RR as District
Track Supervisor. His obits states that he was in the railroad construction
business so this may mean that he started his own construction business for
the railroads or the interurban trolleys that were just beginning at that
time. He died in 1914 and is buried in Piqua.
Two of John's sons worked for the railroads, John J. who worked as a
conductor out of Dayton and William who worked for a short time on the
railroad in Dayton and then set out for Fort Worth, Texas to work on the
rails there. The last letter from was dated 1914.
I am looking for information on Frances Sweeney born Aug 1828. Her
father's name was Samuel.
She married after coming to the US to William Sexton and their first child
was born somewhere in Pennsylvania - Thomas.
They had 12 children total although I only know of 9 (Thomas, John, Ann
(died at birth), Ellen, William, Edward, Daniel, Michael, and Mary).
They settled in Wabasha County Minnesota. Based on records there they
lived on a farm next to a David Sweeney from Donegal Co. who first
immigrated to Montreal Canada and would travel back and forth to
Boston. He married in Boston and then apparently moved to Minnesota at the
same time as Frances.
David's obit reads in part:
Deceased was born in Leitrum Province: Donegal County Ireland in 1821. He
landed at Montreal, Canada in 1842, where he spent a few years, going from
there to Boston where he was married.
After several years residence in Boston, he emigrated to Illinois, and from
there to Iowa, where he remained a few years, after which he emigrated to
Minnesota, crossing the Zumbro river at Funk's ford on June 1, 1858.
Also moving to the same area was a Patrick Sexton and his wife Bridget Sweeney.
Based on this and the fact that they were godparents to each others
children I am hoping/guessing these 3 sweeney's are related.
I am desperately looking for Samuel Sweeney and his daughter Frances and
possible sister Bridget and brother David.
Ireland: Carroll, Coleman, Duffy, Lahiff, McGinnis, Mooney, Sexton,
Germany: Gerber, Arth, Preisen/Preusen, Knaeble
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